island, it would create significant problems for the island. instead, it seems to be jogging out further to the east and away from montauk, which is great news. again, they did close beaches today, closed them to swimming. we talked to beachgoers. we talked to a lifeguard who wasn't that impressed with earl so far, but was still keeping peep out of the water because of the danger. >> seen worse. >> reporter: you have? >> yeah, as far as the swell definitely seen it bigger and i've seen the ocean more rough. but as far as the storm getting this close and this big, i haven't seen it like that. >> reporter: so beaches closed today, definitely closed tomorrow to swimming. and the rain is supposed to start sometime tomorrow morning, probably bad by noon and throughout the day tomorrow. >> shepard: the earl of hurricanes. how are the officials getting ready? >> reporter: they have to get shelters ready, just in case.